THE PARTS LIST for Darren Palmer’s SZR660 special might sound a mish-mash of Yamaha, Triumph, Honda and various home-made components, but that’s actually what Belgarda, the Italian Yamaha importers, did to create the original SZR660 in 1996. The motor was a wheezy five-valve XTZ660 Ténéré lump, the ally Deltabox frame came from a TZR125/250 with a Boge rear shock, Paioli forks and Brembo brakes and wheels. But the SZR only made around 43bhp, managed 110mph, and its suspension was fairly crude. Worse were its strangled haemorrhoid looks. The SZR, launched in 1996, was on sale until 2001, probably because dealers were still clearing out the first year’s stock.
Let’s be picky, shall we? Does that top nut look a bit too shiny?
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